Streetcleaner: Live at Roadburn 2011

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Streetcleaner: Live at Roadburn 2011
Cover of Streetcleaner (Live at Roadburn 2011).jpg
Live album by Godflesh
  • 18 May 2013 (limited vinyl)
  • 4 April 2017 (digital)
  • 1 November 2017 (limited CD)
Recorded 14 April 2011
Tilburg, Netherlands
Genre Industrial metal
  • 66:06(vinyl release)
  • 72:38 (digital and CD release)
Label Avalanche Recordings
Producer Justin Broadrick
Godflesh chronology
(2003) Messiah2003
Streetcleaner: Live at Roadburn 2011
Decline & Fall
(2014) Decline & Fall2014
Poster of the event
Streetcleaner Live poster.jpg

Streetcleaner: Live at Roadburn 2011 is the first live album from English industrial metal band Godflesh. The release (which consists of the entirety of Godflesh's 1989 studio album Streetcleaner performed live) was recorded on 14 April 2011 at the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands. [1] Apart from being the group's debut live album, it was also the first time they played Streetcleaner in its entirety. [2]

Industrial metal is the fusion of heavy metal music and industrial music, typically employing repeating metal guitar riffs, sampling, synthesizer or sequencer lines, and distorted vocals. Prominent industrial metal acts include Ministry, Godflesh, KMFDM and Nine Inch Nails.

Godflesh English industrial metal band

Godflesh are an English industrial metal band from Birmingham, England. The group formed in 1982 under the title Fall of Because but did not release any complete music until 1988 when Justin Broadrick and G. C. Green (bass) renamed the band and decided to use a drum machine for percussion. Melding heavy metal with industrial music and later with electronic music and dub, Godflesh's innovative sound is widely regarded as a foundational influence on other industrial metal and post-metal acts and as significant to both experimental metal and extreme metal.


This performance marks the first of three times Godflesh played an entire album live at Roadburn. In 2013, the band performed their 1992 album Pure , [3] and in 2018 the band will perform their 1994 album Selfless . [4]

<i>Pure</i> (Godflesh album) album by Godflesh

Pure is the second studio album by English industrial metal band Godflesh. It was released on 13 April 1992 through Earache Records. Though originally labeled only as industrial metal, the album has since been recognised as one of the earliest post-metal releases. Musically, Pure is harsh and mechanical, with protracted songs and an abundance of deliberate repetition. Like much of Godflesh's music, it is regarded as particularly heavy and aggressive.

<i>Selfless</i> (album) album by Godflesh

Selfless is the third studio album by British industrial metal band Godflesh. It was released on 26 September 1994 in Europe and on 18 October 1994 through Earache and Columbia Records. Being the band's major-label debut, the record features a more conventional and rock-oriented sound compared to Godflesh's previous releases. It spawned two singles, "Xnoybis" and "Crush My Soul". The music video for the latter was directed by photographer Andres Serrano.

The performance

Godflesh frontman Justin Broadrick believed that this performance was "the most coherent version of Streetcleaner ever played." [5] The Quietus writer Jamie Thomson said this about the performance: "As [Godflesh] pummeled their way through a complete performance of Streetcleaner in the main theatre, the jackhammer drum machine and guitar crunch invoked more of a physical rather than emotional response – that response being: 'Ouch'." [6] Thomson later wrote "Rather than being dwarfed by the occasion, the image of Justin Broadrick and G. C. Green stood alone on the giant stage reflected perfectly their stark, tormented sound." [6]

Justin Broadrick Record producer, musician, singer

Justin Karl Michael Broadrick is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist and drummer. He is best known as a founding member of the band Godflesh, one of the first bands to combine elements of extreme metal and industrial music. He was briefly in the English grindcore band Napalm Death when he was a teenager in the mid-1980s, writing and recording guitar for Side One of Napalm Death's debut album, Scum. Broadrick has also maintained a parallel career as a producer, producing records and remixes for groups such as Pantera, Isis, Mogwai and Hydra Head labelmates Pelican. Since 2012, he has been releasing hard techno music under the solo moniker JK Flesh. Broadrick has set up record labels such as HeadDirt, Avalanche Recordings, Post Mortem Productions, Lo Fibre and Heartache.

The Quietus is a British online music and pop culture magazine, focusing on arts news, reviews, and features. The site is an editorially independent publication led by John Doran and a group of freelance journalists and critics, some of whom have worked for other media outlets.

Drum machine electronic musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of drums or other percussion instruments

A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument that creates percussion. Drum machines may imitate drum kits or other percussion instruments, or produce unique sounds. Most modern drum machines allow users to program their own rhythms. Drum machines may create sounds using analog synthesis or play prerecorded samples.

While many of the original Streetcleaner tracks were recorded with the aid of a second guitarist, Paul Neville, [7] Godflesh remained a duo for the 2011 performance at Roadburn. In a mixed review of the performance, Ezekiel Rodofili with Cooltry highlighted this discrepancy, writing that the synth employed to replace Neville "wasn't quite up to the task." [8] Regardless, Rodofili went on to praise the way Broadrick and Green played, especially focusing on the importance of Green's bass, and summarizing by saying "Streetcleaner: Live at Roadburn 2011 is decent, if a little uneven." [8] Vince Bellino of Decibel was more positive, saying that Streetcleaner is brought to life in a way different from the studio recordings and writing, "The songs are more dissonant and, at times, cacophonous, a powerful incarnation of the record more than 20 years after its release." [9]

Paul Neville is an underground experimental industrial metal guitarist and musician from Birmingham, England.

Synthesizer electronic instrument capable of producing a wide range of sounds

A synthesizer or synthesiser is an electronic musical instrument that generates audio signals that may be converted to sound. Synthesizers may imitate traditional musical instruments such as piano, flute, vocals, or natural sounds such as ocean waves; or generate novel electronic timbres. They are often played with a musical keyboard, but they can be controlled via a variety of other devices, including music sequencers, instrument controllers, fingerboards, guitar synthesizers, wind controllers, and electronic drums. Synthesizers without built-in controllers are often called sound modules, and are controlled via USB, MIDI or CV/gate using a controller device, often a MIDI keyboard or other controller.

Decibel is a monthly heavy metal magazine published by the Philadelphia-based Red Flag Media since October 2004. Its sections include Upfront, Features, Reviews, Guest Columns and the Decibel Hall of Fame. The magazine's tag-line is currently "Extremely Extreme" ; the editor-in-chief is Albert Mudrian.


Streetcleaner: Live at Roadburn 2011 was initially released as a limited vinyl pressing on 18 April 2013, available in black with 400 copies and in red with 100 copies. [10] This version of the release divides the tracks "Devastator" and Mighty Trust Krusher", whereas the following releases combine them. The album only saw full digital distribution on 4 April 2017. On 1 November 2017, the album was released on CD in digipak format and was limited to 1,000 copies. [2] Both the digital and CD versions run six minutes longer than the original vinyl release.


Digipak is a registered trademark for a patented style of optical disc packaging. A digipak case consists of a rectangle cardboard package with one or more plastic trays capable of holding a CD or DVD attached to the inside. Variations include where the discs sit on a hub or spindle inside. Among commercial audio CD releases, Digipak-style cases are one of the few common alternatives to the somewhat brittle jewel case.

Track listing

1."Like Rats"5:34
2."Christbait Rising"7:46
4."Dream Long Dead"5:36
5."Head Dirt"4:20
6."Devastator / Mighty Trust Krusher"9:40
7."Life Is Easy"4:25
9."Locust Furnace"4:36
10."Tiny Tears"3:21
Total length:72:38




G. C. Green British musician

Ben George Christian "G. C." Green is an English musician, best known as the co-founder and bass guitarist of the Birmingham-based industrial metal band, Godflesh.

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